'Messi deserves record fourth Ballon d'Or'
Posted: 29 November 2012 Time: 15:30
Uefa president Michel Platini says Messi, who won the Ballon d'Or in 2009, 2010, and 2011, deserves to win it again.
The Barcelona attacker currently shares the record of winning the prize three years in a row with Platini, a former France international.
"Records are there to be beaten. If he wins it again, it's because he deserves it," Platini told Ouest-France.
"He's still only 25 years old and has every opportunity to leave his mark for all eternity."
Fifa and France Football announced the final three candidates for the 2012 award today, with Spain-based trio of Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta the final three.
The Ballon d'Or will be awarded on January 7.